01-16-2014 Celebrities – Real of Fake?   Leave a comment

You must have gathered by now, I’m not a big fan of celebrities. Most celebrities just aren’t worth my time and effort to write about them. I’m not saying all of them are fake but a vast majority appear to be. I do understand that some of them, and I do mean “SOME”, are talented in various disciplines and that I do appreciate. My biggest complaint is their effect on the culture with their stupid and uninformed opinions and thoughts. They may have talent and fame but it doesn’t make them any smarter than the rest of us.  They allow themselves to be used by politicians to affect the vote in ways that I disagree with. Their influence among our younger generations with silly and sometimes stupid statements causes more problems than it solves.  Here’s a few examples of these fine upstanding citizens and the things they say and think.

  • “Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.”
    – Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for a federal anti-smoking campaign.
  • “Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff.”  – Mariah Carey
  • “Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.” – Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC
  • “I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don’t like eating fish. And I know that’s very popular out there in Africa.” — Britney Spears
  • “I’m not anorexic. I’m from Texas. Are there people from Texas that are anorexic? I’ve never heard of one. And that includes me.” — Jessica Simpson
  • “I am convinced that by eating biological foods it is possible to avoid a tumor.” – Gwyneth Paltrow
  • “It’s OK to have beliefs, just don’t believe in them.” – Guy Ritchie
  • “What’s Walmart, do they like make walls there?” – Paris Hilton
  • “When I pictured heroin, I pictured some crazy crack-head with no shoes under a bridge. You never think that is going to be you. And it never was me. I was never under a bridge, and I always had shoes. – Nicole Richie
  • “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong.” – Joe Biden
  • “It’s really hard to maintain a one-on-one relationship if the other person is not going to allow me to be with other people.” – Axl Rose
  • “All of the sudden, you’re like the Bin Laden of America. Osama Bin Laden is the only one who knows what I’m going through.” – R. Kelly

These are the role models our younger generations look up to and attempt to emulate. I always thought that the obsession with celebrities faded as we aged but I was wrong.  I recall years ago teasing my seventy year old mother when she said she would have thrown her panties on stage for Tom Jones.  Same obsession, different approach.

I guess I just dislike fake people.  If you’re a great singer or actor with loads of talent why change your name.  Stand up, be proud, and be who you really are.  Here’s a list of just a few celebrities who’ve been convinced by the Hollywood types to not just change their names but to remove their real identities as people.  This is a very small sampling of this nonsense.

Pat Benatar = Patricia Andrejewski
Bono  = Paul Hewson
Alice Cooper = Vincent Funnier
Elvis Costello = Declan Patrick McManus
Tom Cruise = Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Vin Diesel = Mark Vincent
Kathie Lee Gifford = Kathie Epstein
Whoopie Goldberg = Caryn Johnson
Ice Cube = Oshea Jackson
Ice-T = Tracy Morrow
Elton John = Reginald Dwight
Wynonna Judd = Christina Ciminella
Queen Latifah = Dana Owens
Courtney Love = Michelle Harrison
Elle MacPherson = Eleanor Gow
Barry Manilow = Barry Alan Pincus
Marilyn Manson = Brian
Demi Moore = Demetria Guynes
Joan Rivers = Joan Sandra Molinsky
Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols) = John Lydon
Winona Ryder = Winona Horowitz
Susan Sarandon = Susan Tomaling
Jane Seymour = Joyce Franked berg
Sting = Gordon Sumner
Randy Travis = Randy Traywick
Sid Vicious = John Simon Ritchie
Raquel Welch = Raquel Tejada
Gene Wilder = Jerome Silberman
Tammy Wynette = Wynette Pugh

What kind of person so easily gives up their real name?  How do their other family members feel about it?  I have a feeling in some close-knit families this could become a major problem and create a lot of hard feelings.  I know if I had a son or daughter talented enough to be given that choice, they’d keep their name and be damn proud of it.  Just ask the Wahlberg brothers or the Baldwin family.  Proud of who they are and not ashamed to admit it.

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